The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team got back on the winning path this afternoon with a 2-0 CUNYAC win over the John Jay Bloodhounds at the CSI Soccer Complex. CSI, winners of four of their last five games, improved to 5-4-1 overall, and 4-0 in the CUNYAC while the Bloodhounds fell to 1-10 overall, and 0-3 in the CUNYAC.
With the rain constantly falling for the entire first half the slick turf seemed to hinder the Dolphins’ aerial attack as the through balls sent over the top kept skidding right into the keeper’s hands. CSI still managed to have some clear chances however, they could not convert them into goals. The best chance the Dolphins had to score in the first half was when a ball was sent in the box to a sprinting Kathryn Dowling where the goalie misjudged the ball but it was hit wide keeping the score 0-0.
At the half the Dolphins outshot the Bloodhounds 7-2 with two of them forcing Kelli Doherty to make a save. CSI had the advantage on corner kicks in the first half with seven of them compared to just two for the Bloodhounds.
In the second half the rain finally seemed to let up giving the pitch a chance to dry which allowed the players to have better control of the ball. The Dolphins took advantage of the dry pitch as they started to threaten more often as the ball was no longer skidding off of the wet turf and was able to find their target.
Danielle Smith, CSI’s leading goal scorer, had a golden opportunity to put the Dolphins up 1-0 as she received a beautiful through ball that put her through for a one-on-one with the goalie which she would eventually hit wide. Smith didn’t let that miss get to her though as just two minutes later she was able to make up for the opportunity when Danielle Alexandrini dribbled passed the goalie and gave a low ball to Smith who was wide open for an easy tap in to put the Dolphins up for good. Smith’s day was not over, after a battle for the ball and a deflected shot Smith found herself alone in the box with an empty net for another easy tap in to seal the deal with a 2-0 victory.
By the final whistle, CSI owned a healthy 16-2 edge in shots (6-1 on goal), and led the corner count, 13-3.
CSI next kicks off on Wednesday when they travel to Mahwah, NJ, to take on Ramapo College at 3:00 pm.